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Ferrari Goes Electric

SF90 Stradale Grille

Shortly after the debut of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale in 2019, Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri announced that the plans for a fully electric Ferrari would be pushed back until at least after 2025. A Ferrari represents the perfection of every aspect of the automotive experience, and their engineers are still perfecting the battery for an electric vehicle. Camilleri told reporters that the battery technology was “not where it could be,” and that there were issues with the speed of recharging.

While the deadline is further off, we actually know a surprising amount about what the future of the electric Ferrari looks like — and the automaker is aggressively utilizing hybrid tech for boosted performance, with the goal of a 60% hybrid lineup by 2022.

The Road to the Electric Ferrari

Much of the planning around an electric Ferrari is still just that — planning — but we can see the blueprints of those plans in the hybrid SF90 Stradale. While the potent hybrid powertrain is largely driven by the 4.0L twin turbo V8 under the hood, its electric descendents won’t have that engine’s 769 hp.

Here are the electric technologies at play on the SF90 that will be paving the way for future hybrids and eventual electric models:

  • Near-Instant Torque – A pair of electric motors are on the SF90’s front axle, providing one of the greatest advantages of a hybrid powertrain: near-instant torque. This is why even hybrid commuter cars can feel like they jump when you hit the accelerator. 
  • Regenerative Braking – While the SF90 is designed to be plugged in to charge, it can also recharge its battery through regenerative braking, taking the thermal energy from braking and transforming it into electricity to charge the battery.
  • New Construction – An engine block is heavy, but so is a high-capacity battery. The SF90 Stradale has approximately 600 pounds of additional electronics that have been compensated for through multi-material construction using a mixture of carbon fiber and aluminum. You might not see the difference, but an electric Ferrari will similarly need to rethink its construction.
  • Lower Center of Gravity – Electric vehicles often have a lower center of gravity due to the lack of an engine and increased battery weight; this often results in better handling than gas and hybrid counterparts.

Stay Up-to-Date with Ferrari Lake Forest

The idea of an electric Ferrari is just now beginning, but already Ferrari has submitted patent applications for the European market. Check back with us regularly for the latest updates as more hybrid Ferrari models are released and we get closer to 2025. And contact Ferrari Lake Forest today if you have any questions about the Ferrari SF90 Stradale.

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